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Field Trip, Sunday, April 28, 2019: Hunter/Huffmeier Property

This will be another delightful visit to the rural Indiana property of our hosts, Kathy Hunter and Ron Huffmeier. The land, located just to the west of Brookville Lake, features stunning old-growth forest along with open grassy areas and lovely streams. We are sure to find a nice variety of birds while walking through this attractive setting. Pack a lunch, and we will dine on the deck of Kathy and Ron’s home overlooking the woods. We’ll leave at 8:00 a.m. from west end of the Wal Mart parking lot (on US 27, north of Oxford) and return to Oxford after lunch.

Field Trips, Saturday, April 27 thru Saturday, May 4, 2019: Big Week of Birding in Butler County

The Big Week of Birding in Butler County features eleven different field trips highlighting Butler County Metroparks. Each trip is led by one or more experienced birders. For detailed information, including meeting locations, visit the web page for Metroparks programs and enter the keyword: big week. Here’s the link:

Day Date Location Start End Leader(s)
Saturday 4/27/2019 Gilmore MetroPark 7:00 AM 9:00 AM Larry Gersbach                Bill Wilson
Saturday 4/27/2019 Indian Creek-Springfield Area 6:30 PM 8:30 PM Larry Gersbach                Bill Wilson
Sunday 4/28/2019 Forest Run-Timberman Ridge 7:00 AM 9:00 AM Sam Fitton
Sunday 4/28/2019 Salamander Run Preserve 6:30 PM 8:30 PM Eric Hollins
Monday 4/29/2019 Forest Run MetroPark Wildlife Preserve 6:30 PM 8:30 PM Larry Gersbach                Bill Wilson
Tuesday 4/30/2019 Hueston Woods-Bird Banding 7:00 AM 9:00 AM Dave Russell
Tuesday 4/30/2019 Elk Creek MetroPark Meadow Ridge area 6:30 PM 8:30 PM Eric Burgess
Wednesday 5/1/2019 Rentschler Forest-Riegart Road 6:30 PM 8:30 PM Larry Gersbach                Bill Wilson
Thursday 5/2/2019 4-Mile Creek – Mill Race area 6:30 PM 8:30 PM Bill Wilson                    Eric Hollins
Friday 5/3/2019 4-Mile Creek MetroPark Davidson Woods area 6:30 PM 8:30 PM Larry Gersbach                Bill Wilson
Saturday 5/4/2019 Governor Bebb MetroPark 6:30 PM 8:30 PM Sam Fitton                   Bill Wilson

Field Trip, Saturday, June 15, 2019: Longbeard Prairies at Hueston Woods State Park

In 2014, the Shady Hollow Longbeards, Preble County’s chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, initiated a long-term plan to enhance wildlife habitats on a 14-acre parcel along Hedgerow Road within Hueston Woods State Park. Volunteers eradicated exotic vegetation before planting 34 species of native grasses and wildflowers, and used excavating equipment to improve a vernal pool, which was also planted with native vegetation. Adding signage, a trail system, an observation blind, footbridge, and wildlife nesting structures completed their plan. In 2018, the Longbeards completed a pollinator habitat project on a 5-acre plot at the ODOT’s Morning Sun Outpost, just north of the entrance to Hueston Woods.  A partner in the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative, a statewide coalition of organizations working to develop pollinator habitat and to educate Ohioans about the critical importance of pollinators, their objective was to establish a diverse stand of native grasses and wildflowers to benefit resident and migrant pollinators, enhance the property’s aesthetic qualities, and eliminate the need to periodically mow idle land.

We will meet at the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) at 8:00 am and proceed to the Hedgerow Rd. parking lot on the south side of the grassland wildlife project area in Hueston Woods. The tour will be led by Eric Hollins with assistance from habitat project managers. After a tour of the Hedgerow project area, we will drive to the ODOT facility to visit the pollinator project.

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